Turkmen (?) Trapping, middle Amu Darya Region of Central Asia, late 19th Century, 4’ 5” x 1’ 7”
The weavings of the middle Amu Darya region are a class onto themselves, often defying precise attribution. While they are commonly called ‘Beshir’ in the marketplace, they often exhibit characteristics that are not associated with Turkmen weaving. The various tribes of the region are many, including many Turkmen groups (Salor, Ersari, Arabatchi and others) as well as Uzbek and other non Turkmen Central Asian tribal groups.
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